Feb 1. Yet on picket, went in the wood with my friend Melvan Homer of Co F. Found a large rock which overlook the stand of trees, kindled a little fire, read in the bible had a season of prayer. Feb 2. Still on picket. Our lines run nearly east & west. & protects the right wing of our army. Agen retired so that ____ _____ with my friends. Gilbert Asheley, ______ Simons read in the Testament. Asked each other questions after which had a season of prayer. Feb 3. Relieved from picket ten A.M. and returned to camp. Read a letter from Sister Oripa also one from Cousin A Owen. Answered sisters letter. Order for granting furloughs read as dress ____. Very cold. Feb 4. Stayed in camp all day, made a ___ to my tent. The Rebels made a raid across the river (Rapahanock). A colonel and one hundred prisoners said to have been taken by our forces. Feb 5. In camp all day, recd a letter from my friend Wm. Hillborn and one from my Dr. father informing me that he had sent me a ____. Also recd a letter from my old friend William J. Kellog or rather it was a ____. Feb 6. Rained almost all day, stayed in camp. Read a letter from Cousin E.O. He still at the convalescent camp and not getting any better. Feb 7. On guard duty at the commissary department. Wrote a letter to my parents. Fear not little flock for its your fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Feb 8. A very pleasant day spent in camp. Reread a letter from my friend George Wilder in the evening. Attended prayer meeting, felt some of the love of God in my heart. Feb 9. Weather pleasant, washed my clothes, wrote a letter to my friend Charles Wilder. Ambrose Ingram of my (Co. K) discharged also Daniel Strand. Ginnie A. Douglass, Lancaster County, Va. [Transcribers note: Looks like Robert Douglass' writing] Feb 10. In camp all day, dont feel very well. Grand review by Maj Gen Sickles. Robert....Robert Doggett. Feb 11. Stayed in camp all day. Washed my clothes went out on Brig drill and were driven in by the rain. Wrote a valentine. Feb 12. Went to Stoneman ______ to look for a ___. Brig drill in the afternoon, in the evening went out with some of my friends for a season of prayer. Feb 13. On fatigue duty for cutting wood for the company. Wrote letter to sister Hannah. Brig drill in the afternoon. Feb 14. Clear and but cold. Battalion drill in the afternoon. Went over to Stoneman switch with my friend D. F. Countryman. Wrote letter to my friend F.S. Hubbard. Charles Vaughn of my Co (K) died ten P.M. Feb 15. Stayed in camp all day, wrote a letter to B.C. Wood,also sent one to Mr. Vaughns folk informing them of the death of their son. In the evening attended prayer meeting in Capt. Bakers office! Feb 16. Attended the burial of my comrad Charles Vaughn. Took charge of the event. The chaplain of the 122 P.A. Vol. said the funeral services, thus another of my fellow soldiers has passed away. Thank God for his goodness to me. Feb 17. And yet how unworthy I am. How soon I forgot that my brother has fallen. In camp all day. Snow about three inch deep and yet snowing. In the afternoon had a lively time snowballing with my friends. Feb. 18 Wrote letter to Cousin E.O. Also to Stephen Vaughn. Rained hard all day, the water about two inches deep in my tent. Have to dip it out to keep it out of the fireplace. Evening ten P.M. and yet raining. Feb 19. Still raining-the mud is running miserably deep. Feel rather down-hearted in the evening had a prayer meeting in my tent, felt some of the love of God in my heart. Feb. 20 Clear and pleasant, drew one pair of pants, one pair of shoes, one pair of sox. Went away from camp with my friend (Malvern Horner) had a good old fashioned____ _____ farewell address to his Brigd. Feb 21. Recd letter from Cousin E.O. informing me that he had got his discharge. Brigade drill in the afternoon. Wrote letter to E.O. also one to Wm. Hill reborn. Capt Warner recd ten days furlough. Feb 22. Another Sabbath spent in camp. Snow fell last night about a foot deep this Washingtons birthday. Was celebrated by firing of cannon. Feb 23. On fatigue duty for cutting wood. Snow deep, weather cold. J. Bailey of (Co K) buried. Thus another of my fellow soldiers is gone! Behold what manner of love the Lord has bestowed upon me. Wrote valentine to Mary. Feb 24. Went to Stonemans switch with my friend Will Stewart also to the Brigade Commissary purchased a beef heart for twenty five cts. wrote letter to Capt. J W Warner. Orders to be ready to go on picket at 7 A.M. tommorrow morning. Feb 25. Fell in line and started for the picket line 7 A.M. Arrived on the line 12 N. Immediately after we were posted the Rebbels made a charge upon our lines. 124 N.Y. of our Brigade fired on them and they turned back. Our loss was one killed and one wounded and forty cavalry taken prisoners. Feb 26. Yet on picket, raining hard. All quiet along the lines. In the skirmish yesterday our Brigade took three prisoners, One Capt-one sargt and one private. Feb 27. Still on picket-warm and pleasant. Stopped in tent with friend. _____ passed the day off by reading my bible. I feel rather lonesome. Feb 28. Relieved from picket 11 A.M. Returned to camp, found a box there sent from home. Had a fine feast of bisquit butter & honey. Read a letter from my father.
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